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Sinclair Annual Creative Writing Contest

About the Contest

Eligibility: Open to those writers who have received no payment for published manuscripts in the category they are entering (payment includes free copies of journals in which their work has appeared). Previous first and second place winners are ineligible to enter categories in which they have won. They may, however, enter other categories. Sinclair faculty, staff and spouses are ineligible.

Judging: Members of the Sinclair Community College faculty will select the winning entries. Winners will be notified by phone in March.

Fees: There is no cost to enter.

Winners: The winning entry in each category will receive a cash award. The above winners, along with those receiving honorable mention, will receive certificates suitable for framing. Contest winners will be presented awards during an April virtual ceremony. Winners need not be present; awards will be mailed.

For more information about the Creative Writing Awards contact Adrienne Cassel, Director

How to Submit Your Writing


  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Poetry
  • High School Fiction
  • High School Poetry
  • Adult and High School Creative Nonfiction
  • Adult and High School Script Writing (New Category!)


Entries must be received by March 4, 2022.


All entries must be submitted electronically by email to

All entries should be typed (double-spaced for prose entries only). Full name, address, PHONE NUMBER and the TITLE of the work should appear on a COVER PAGE. Subsequent pages with the work being submitted should include THE TITLE. Do not include your name or any biographical information on the pages that you are submitting for the contest. If you are submitting more than one piece (for instance more than one poem), you must submit each piece separately.


  • Prose must not exceed 5,000 words.
  • Poetry must not exceed 100 lines per poem.

2021 Sinclair Community College Annual Creative Writing Winners

Poetry, High School Category

  • First place: Jessica Kim "Slow Death"
  • Second place: Alyssa Martin "I Know"
  • Third place: Grace McGinn "Just a Side Character"

Nonfiction, High School Category

  • First place: Ian Smith "The Hand that Saved my Life"

Fiction, High School Category

  • First place:  Katie Sayeedi "A Lesson in Hindsight"

Poetry, Adult Category

  • First place: Kristina Morgan "Lost"
  • Second place: Cheryl Lauricella "Grailville"
  • Third place: Jhenaé Lee Martin "Childhood Fairytales"

Nonfiction, Adult Category

  • First place: Robert Longmeier "Dead Man's Curve"
  • Second place: Angela Marie Luna "I Hate it Here"

Fiction, Adult Category

  • First place:  Valerie Neal "Jivan Yatra"
  • Second place: Robert Longmeier "A Change of Heart"
  • Third Place: Megan Richter " Sweet Pawn of Mine"